Simile and Metaphor

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Simile and Metaphor
Making Sense of
Shakespeare’s Language
NOTES
• Remember….
- If it’s yellow text, write it
down!
First…
• You probably already have some
‘similes’ and ‘metaphors’
memorized…
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Simile
• simile – a figure of speech
(literary device) that directly
compares two (or more) unlike
things, using ‘like’ or ‘as’.
For Example…
“Wake up in
the morning
feeling like P.
Diddy*….”
– Tik Tok,
Ke$ha
“Shake it like a Polaroid picture….”
– Hey Ya, Outkast
“Last name ever, first name greatest,
like a sprain’ ankle boy
I ain’t nothin’ to play with…”
– Forever, by Drake
Shakespeare’s Example:
“The brightness of her cheek would
shame those stars/
As daylight doth a lamp…”
- Romeo in Act II, Scene ii of Romeo
and Juliet
So Romeo means:
Juliet’s beauty is greater than the stars,
just like the sun is greater in light than a lantern.
(Greater
than)
>
Metaphor
• metaphor – a comparison of two
(or more) unlike things without
using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’;
usually using the words ‘is’ or
‘are’
Why Use It?
1. Provides an image our brains
can process
2. Gives a much more direct
comparison than simile.
How does that work?
Well, if I say someone is like a horse,
that means they are only similar in
some ways.
But…..
If I say someone is a horse, that means
they are basically the exact same.
Some Examples…
“…When it’s going good,
it’s going great/ I’m [I
am] Superman with
the wind at his back,
she’s Lois Lane…”
– Love the Way You
Lie, Eminem feat.
Rihanna
“It’s a matter of time before we all run out,
when I thought he was mine she caught him
by the mouth…”
– Misery Business, by Paramore
FAKE
Tease/
Dangerous
“I guess
she’s an
Xbox, and
I’m more
an Atari…”
– Forget
You, by
Cee Lo
Green
She =
NEW
AND
AWESOME
OLD
FASHIONED
He =
(NOT COOL IN
HER OPINION)
Shakespeare’s Version…
“Love is a smoke made with the
fume of sighs:/ Being purged, a
fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;/
Being vexed, a sea nourished
with loving tears...”
- Romeo, Act I Scene I of
Romeo and Juliet
Love is….
=
FIRE
AN OCEAN
SMOKE

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